|Senior U.S. Senator from Washington|
From: January 3, 1993 – present
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
|Former State Senator from Washington's 1st District|
From: January 9, 1989 – January 3, 1993
Patricia Lynn "Patty" Murray, born October 11, 1950 (age 70), is a United States Senator from the state of Washington as a member of the Democratic Party. Patty Murray previously worked as a citizen lobbyist for environmental and education issues from 1983 to 1988. She was elected to the United States Senate in 1992 and has been re-elected ever since. In 2008, National Journal ranked Murry the most liberal U.S. Senator.
Patty Murray supports bank bailouts, cap and trade, tax increases and ObamaCare. She votes almost always with Nancy Pelosi, and supports both Pelosi and Obama's political agenda. Patty Murray has voted with the majority of her Democratic colleagues ninety-six percent of the time during her appointment as a member of Congress. According to the VoteMatch quiz, Murray is a hard-core liberal.
2010 Midterm Elections
Patty Murray is the most senior Senator from Washington, having served since 1992. The self-described "mom in tennis shoes" scored an upset victory during the 1992 "Year of the Woman," and has been re-elected easily ever since, even as she has faced consistently strong opposition. During her three terms, she has compiled a progressively liberal voting record, policies which have led to Washington states $1.34 trillion budget deficit and 8.9 percent unemployment rate.
State and Federal Law Violations
Patty Murray's 2010 Midterm Elections campaign received scrutiny for violations of state and federal law, after a WorkSource employee used government resources to organize support for Murray's campaign. Senator Patty Murray's re-election campaign met with the state worker with the purpose of asking for campaign work to be done using state resources. Using taxpayer money, WorkSource employee Sally Garcia asked veterans to contact Kerala Hise, either by telephone or at a pattymurray.com address, to get involved in a ”walk and knock" to remind people to vote for Murray's re-election.
President Obama and Patty Murray broke Washington state laws by campaigning on the state funded University of Washington college campus. According to RCW 42.17.130, Use of public office or agency facilities in campaigns — Prohibition — Exceptions, "No elective official nor any employee of his [or her] office nor any person appointed to or employed by any public office or agency may use or authorize the use of any of the facilities of a public office or agency, directly or indirectly, for the purpose of assisting a campaign for election of any person to any office or for the promotion of or opposition to any ballot proposition." According to RCW 42.52.180, Use of public resources for political campaigns, "No state officer or state employee may use or authorize the use of facilities of an agency, directly or indirectly, for the purpose of assisting a campaign for election of a person to an office or for the promotion of or opposition to a ballot proposition. Knowing acquiescence by a person with authority to direct, control, or influence the actions of the state officer or state employee using public resources in violation of this section constitutes a violation of this section."
Patty Murray is no stranger to corporate contributions, as a senior member of the United States biggest spending panel, the Senate Appropriations Committee. Murray chairs the Transportation Subcommittee, which nearly makes her a hill-czar for highway stimulus money, according to a politics blog at FOXNews.com. She has held fundraisers and filled her campaign war chest with corporate contributions from such West Coast corporate giants as Microsoft and Boeing, among others. Murray supported the 2010 Wall Street reform package in the Senate after collecting political contributions.
Over her career, Patty Murray has taken at least $554,957 from the Securities and Investment industry.
- Catholic Politicians Funded by Abortion Lobby, Inside Catholic, December 12, 2008
- Patty Murray on the Issues, OnTheIssues.org
- Past comments from Washington Democrat Patty Murray coming back to haunt her. Senator Praised Bin Laden After 9/11, Sean Hannity on Fox News, September 29, 2010.
- Q13 FOX News Online. State Unemployment Rate Holding Steady, September 15, 2010.
- University of Washington's Hec Edmundson Pavilion hosts a capacity crowd for an appearance by President Barack Obama who is in town campaigning for Sen. Patty Murray on Thursday, October 21, 2010. Obama visits Seattle, The Seattle Times, Thursday, October 21, 2010.
- Carl Cameron. Tight Washington Senate Race Leads to Early Attack Ads, politics.blogs.foxnews.com, August 03, 2010.
- Center For Responsive Politics Website, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 10/24/10.